Drug Trafficking News: U.S. Drug-Related Deaths Outnumber Traffic Fatalities

Drug-related deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the U.S., with the rise driven by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.  Government data showed there were more deaths caused by drug use than there were motor vehicle fatalities in 2009. There were at least 37,485 drug-related fatalities that year, according to preliminary data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Most major causes of preventable death are in decline, the newspaper reported, however drugs were an exception.
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12 thoughts on “Drug Trafficking News: U.S. Drug-Related Deaths Outnumber Traffic Fatalities

  1. http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2012/may/03/9/meobito1-ex-football-pro-is-arrested-ar-399290/
    Former Dallas Cowboy arrested on drug charges at Tampa strip club
    TAMPA — A former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman was arrested on drug charges at a Tampa strip club Tuesday.
    Torrin Tucker, a starter for the Dallas Cowboys for most of the 2003 to 2005 seasons, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, delivery of marijuana and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, according to arrest records. According to Tampa police, undercover officers saw Tucker, who was working as a bouncer at Hollywood Nites, 3003 N. Howard Ave., selling a small amount of marijuana for $20. Officers executed a search warrant and found Tucker with 18 marijuana baggies and nine capsules containing cocaine inside a Crown Royal bag that Tucker had stuffed down the front of his pants, according to arrest records. Before he was searched, Tucker, 32, of Tampa, had told officers that he was in possession of the drugs and gun, according to arrest records. The gun was a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun, which he had in a holster inside his waistband, according to arrest records.

  2. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/03/08/us-investigates-afghan-air-force-for-alleged-drug-running/ Repeating, reposting and sharing…
    Report: US investigating Afghan Air Force for alleged drug running
    KABUL – The U.S. is investigating allegations that some officials in the Afghan Air Force, which was established largely with American funds, have been using aircraft to ferry narcotics and illegal weapons around the country, American officials told The Wall Street Journal.
    Two probes of the Afghan Air Force, or AAF, are under way-one led by the U.S. military coalition and another by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, officials said.
    “The nature of the allegations is fairly dramatic and indicated that [AAF officials] were transporting drugs on aircraft and transported weapons not owned by the government of Afghanistan for the use of private groups,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan, the command that is establishing and financing Afghan security forces, including the AAF.
    Click here for more on this story from The Wall Street Journal.

  3. http://www.freep.com/article/20120301/NEWS06/120301060/Feds-18-charged-cocaine-case-connected-cartel?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp
    Feds: 18 charged in cocaine case connected to cartel
    A drug bust involving an 87-year-old man who was caught with nearly $3 million worth of cocaine in his pickup has led to another major drug prosecution for the federal government, this one involving a Mexican drug cartel and 18 defendants, the U.S. Attorneys office announced today.
    Turns out, according to a second superseding indictment Wednesday, the elderly man was a courier for a massive drug ring that was shuttling millions of dollars worth of cocaine between Mexico and Detroit.
    Prosecutors said the new indictment is part of a previous indictment from last year involving Leo Earl Sharp, 87, of Michigan City, Ind., who was arrested during a traffic stop near Ann Arbor with 229 pounds of cocaine in his pickup. That was at least $2.9 million worth of cocaine in wholesale value, police said.
    “Our drug prosecution efforts are focused on large drug trafficking organizations like this one, which pour huge quantities of dangerous drugs into our community,” said U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.
    DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso added:
    “Shedding light on this conspiracy makes it quite clear that the Mexican drug cartels are open for business right here in our backyard.”

  4. http://www.alternet.org/story/153983/important_new_research_shows_it%27s_retaliation_–_not_drugs_–_driving_gang-related_violence_/comments/
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    Important New Research Shows It’s Retaliation — Not Drugs — Driving Gang-Related Violence
    The popular image of street gang violence in the US as being “drug-related” is largely mistaken, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report.

    The CDC report begs the question, “Who bought and paid for the report and its conclusion?”

    Anyone with half an eye on the news knows that Mexico is in the midst of a drugs war, with rival cartels battling for control of a $30 billion trade with the United States.
    In the five years of President Felipe Calderon’s administration, the government admitted earlier this month, the drug war has claimed 47,500 lives including those of 3,000 public servants – policemen, soldiers, judges, mayors, and dozens of federal officials.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/mexico/9046441/Mexicos-drug-war-has-brought-terrifying-violence-to-the-streets-and-taken-a-dreadful-toll-of-lives.html

  5. http://www.freep.com/article/20120203/NEWS01/120203031/Russell-Industrial-Center-pot-bust?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE
    Feds raid Russell Industrial Center warehouse in suspected pot bust
    Today’s raid comes 10 months after federal agents swept through numerous sites in a day-long raid that targeted medical marijuana dispensaries, a strip joint, a restaurant and the home of prominent business owner Romel Casab.
    Authorities said today’s raid is not connected to the April 2010 raids.
    Attorney Michael Komorn, president of the Michigan Medical Marijauna Association, said he has no idea exactly whom the DEA agents are targeting in the raid at the industrial center. He said that he learned of the raid through a Google alert on his phone this morning. He was less than thrilled.
    “My first reaction was, ‘I hope this doesn’t throw some more negative publicity or attention to the medical marijuana community.’ It’s been struggling enough these past few years,” said Komorn, who is concerned that illegal marijuana dealers are giving legitimate growers a bad name.
    According to state records, the Russell Industrial Center is owned by Dennis Kefallinos, who also owns Bouzouki Greektown, a Detroit adult entertainment club that has landed him in federal court several time for alleged copyright infringement over music played at the club. One such suit is currently pending.

  6. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120203/METRO01/202030402/Feds-raid-Detroit-warehouse-illegal-marijuana-probe?odyssey=mod%7Cmostview
    Feds raid Detroit warehouse in illegal marijuana probe
    Detroit— Federal drug agents are raiding part of the Russell Industrial Center at Clay and Interstate 75 Friday morning as part of an investigation into illegal marijuana production, The Detroit News has learned.
    The Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., is owned by the Clay Street Group LLC, which lists Dennis Kefallinos as its resident agent and member, according state records. The property is delinquent on $93,000 in 2010 taxes.
    Kefallinos is a longtime Detroit real estate investor and owns several downtown buildings and businesses, including the strip club Bouzouki, Coaches Corner, Loco Bar & Grill and other restaurants
    It is at least the second major federal raid into marijuana in the past year in Metro Detroit.
    Last spring, the DEA raided several locations in Oakland and Wayne County connected to businessman Romel Casab, a purported owner of the Packard Motor Car Co. plant in Detroit. That probe, also led by the DEA, is investigating Casab for drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracies, according to federal court records.

  7. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120201/METRO/202010395/1409/METRO/Feds-charge-alleged-leader-Metro-Detroit-drug-ring-former-state-rep-
    Feds charge alleged leader of Metro Detroit drug ring, former state rep.
    Powell and 11 others were charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court.
    One of Powell’s associates is former state Rep. Ken Daniels, D-Detroit, who was charged in the indictment Wednesday. Daniels was appointed by ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to the board overseeing the city’s water department, which Kilpatrick is accused of corrupting while allegedly orchestrating a multi-million dollar scheme to rig bids and extort money. Daniels was among those charged in the indictment.

  8. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120201/METRO/202010395/1361/Feds-arrest-alleged-leader-of-massive-Metro-Detroit-drug-ring
    Feds arrest alleged leader of massive Metro Detroit drug ring
    Detroit— Federal agents Wednesday arrested the alleged leader of an international drug ring based in Metro Detroit, which is accused of peddling hundreds of kilograms of heroin, cocaine and marijuana and stockpiling millions in cash.
    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration nabbed alleged drug kingpin Carlos Powell early Wednesday following a multi-year investigation. He was arrested at about 7:45 a.m. at his home in Eastpointe. Powell, who has homes in Detroit and Macomb County, is expected to be arraigned at 1 p.m. in federal court.
    During the probe, the feds have seized more than $10 million in cash and 55 pounds of heroin. The size, scope and profits of Powell’s alleged drug ring would rank him among the most prolific drug dealers in recent Detroit history.
    “This surpasses everybody,” said Carl Taylor, a criminologist at Michigan State University who has studied drug trafficking in Detroit. “That’s very scary. That’s a lot of heroin and a tremendous amount of cash, particularly at this time.”
    Powell, 37, allegedly headed a large-scale drug operation that has ties to Grosse Pointe, Ann Arbor, Detroit, West Bloomfield Township and Chicago, according to federal court records and interviews.

  9. http://www.examiner.com/crime-in-norfolk/mom-accused-of-pimping-daughter-for-drugs
    Mom accused of pimping daughter for drugs
    Titusville, FL – On Wednesday, police arrested Tony Marcel Hammond, 23, after he allegedly had sex with a child in exchange for prescription pain killers Oxycodone and Percocet for her mother.
    Hammond has been charged with sex trafficking charges and procuring a person under 18 years old for prostitution. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison on each count.
    Blackmon has been charged with sex trafficking of a minor by legal guardian and child neglect causing great bodily harm. If convicted, she could face up to 30 years in prison.

  10. http://www.fbi.gov/saltlakecity/press-releases/2012/last-person-arrested-in-meth-trafficking-case?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=salt-lake-city-top-stories&utm_content=66169
    The charges are the result of a nine-month investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), including the Idaho State Police, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Falls Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Rexburg Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
    The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.

  11. http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/prescription-drugs-now-kill-more-people-than-illegal-drugs/
    Prescription Drugs Now Kill More People than Illegal Drugs
    January 24, 2012 by Dr. Mercola
    Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America’s “war on drugs” is clearly directed at the wrong enemy!
    Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed.
    For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents
    37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents
    Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69
    Again, these drug-induced fatalities are not being driven by illegal street drugs; the analysis found that the most commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
    Yet, these drugs are also now being sold on the black market and on street corners, where people who have run out of prescriptions are willing to pay upwards of $80 a pill to get their fix. Many become addicted after using the drugs for headaches or back pain, and teens are increasingly taking the pills from their parents to use recreationally, under the false assumption that they are not dangerous.

  12. http://www.healthtruthrevealed.com/full-page.php?id=14463226509&&page=article
    Prescription Drugs Responsible For More Deaths Than Traffic Accidents, Study Finds
    September 23, 2011 Mike Adams – The Health Ranger
    Source: http://www.naturalnews.com
    (NaturalNews) Every 14 minutes, a person is killed by prescription drugs — and unlike most other causes of preventable death, which have been on the decline for years, medication-induced deaths are on the upswing across the US. According to a recent analysis conducted by the Los Angeles Times (LA Times), drug-induced deaths have become so prevalent that their average yearly total now exceeds the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents.
    It is truly a sad day in the world when the very medications prescribed for treating disease are one of the leading causes of death, including among young children. And based on data retrieved by the LA Times, the number of drug fatalities has doubled within the past ten years, as legal drugs now kill nearly 38,000 Americans every single year — and these are just the deaths about which we know.
    Prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Soma, and new-drug-on-the-block Fentanyl — Fentanyl, which comes in the form of patches and lollipops, is 100 times strong than morphine — are largely responsible for the uptick in drug deaths. Individuals both young and old, many of whom are specifically prescribed these drugs by their doctors for pain or anxiety, are increasingly overdosing on them, according to reports.

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